11 Low-Carb Meatballs Recipes

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This post features a short guide on how to make delicious meatballs without breadcrumbs, where to source them if you’d like to buy them instead, and 11 low-carb meatballs recipes to try out at home.

Meatballs are a great choice for anyone who’s trying to cultivate a healthier way of eating. They’re rich in protein and so simple to make. Take note, a lot of meatballs that you’ll find in stores or restaurant usually contain breadcrumbs, which might be a problem if you’re trying to stay low-carb.

However, there’s no need to miss out. There are so many super easy keto meatballs recipes that you’ll find in the health communities like low-carb, keto, paleo or Whole30. All you have to do is switch up the ingredients a little bit to make it fit your clean eating lifestyle.

Where To Buy Low-Carb Meatballs?

Check our your local health food stores (Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s etc.), or you could request a special order at your local butcher. Meatballs are really, really simple to make and your best bet would be to prepare homemade ones if you want to keep it clean.

How To Make Low-Carb Meatballs?

Most basic meatballs recipes contain a cup or two of breadcrumbs, which helps to bind the meatballs and keep them from falling apart. However, these recipes can easily be made keto or paleo-friendly if you decide to omit the breadcrumbs. There are other ways to keep them together! Below are a few example recipes of meatballs without breadcrumbs

1. Thai Coconut Curry Meatball Soup

Thai coconut curry meatball soup topped with fresh cilantro in a gray bowl on a wooden surface.

If you’re sensitive to dairy, you’ll love this low-carb meatballs recipe. This dairy-free meatball soup is made with coconut milk. The medium-chain triglyceride fats in coconut milk has been shown to be beneficial for weight-loss, as they are directly used by the liver for energy and less likely to be stored as fat. 

  • Calories: 415

Find this RECIPE at I Heart Umami.

2. Salisbury Steak Meatballs

Salisbury steak meatballs and mashed potatoes topped with fresh herbs in a white plate on a gray background.

The base for the sauce of these delicious, smoky meatballs uses bone broth, which helps to reduce inflammation and is healing to the gut. Read more about the amazing health benefits or bone broth in this article.

  • Calories: 371
  • Carbs: 7g (net)

Find this RECIPE at Paleo Running Momma.

3. Low-Carb Swedish Meatballs

Low-carb Swedish meatballs in a creamy sauce topped with fresh chopped herbs in a black skillet.
These creamy meatballs are the perfect comfort food. At only 3g of carbs per serving, they can be enjoyed guilt-free too. These are essentially a keto version of the famous IKEA meatballs. It’s a win!

  • Calories: 399
  • Carbs: 3g

Find this RECIPE at Gnom-Gnom.

4. Baked Buffalo Chicken Meatballs

Baked buffalo chicken meatballs topped with crumbled blue cheese in a black skillet on a gray background.

These spicy meatballs need only 6 ingredients! As this recipe uses mayonnaise, you can either make your own healthy homemade mayo using this great recipe, or you could stock up on a clean, store-bought one.

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Find this RECIPE at Physical Kitchness.


5. Low-Carb Meatballs in Tomato Sauce

Low-carb meatballs in tomato sauce topped with fresh chopped herbs in a blue and white bowl on a beige surface.

These tasty chicken meatballs are full of shredded zucchini and carrot. Hiding them in the meatballs is a great way to get some extra nutrients into your kids if they’re not a big fan of vegetables. Add a side of guacamole to give it that Tex-Mex flavor.

  • Calories: 367
  • Carbs: 7.6 (net)

Find this RECIPE at Irena Macri.

6. Greek Low-Carb Meatballs with Spinach and Feta

Greek low-carb meatballs with spinach and feta topped with fresh chopped herbs in a wooden bowl with a small bowl of tomato sauce to the side.

Using ground beef is such an affordable and easy way to get the protein you need in your diet. Protein is so essential, as it’s what your body uses to build and repair tissues. If you need more protein in your diet, read about the health benefits here.

  • Calories: 298
  • Carbs: 4g (net)

Find this RECIPE here at Living Chirpy.


7. Salmon Meatballs with Dijon Lemon Sauce

Salmon meatballs with dijon lemon sauce topped with fresh chopped herbs and lemon slices in a white bowl.

Experience the amazing health benefits of salmon by trying this delicious recipe. Salmon is high in protein and a great source of B vitamins, which are essential for creating and repairing DNA and reducing inflammation.

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Find this RECIPE at Health Starts In The Kitchen.

8. Italian Low-Carb Turkey Meatballs

Italian low-carb turkey meatballs in a red cream sauce topped with fresh herbs in a blue bowl on a white background.

Turkey meat is a great source of high-quality protein and has an impressive nutritional profile. It also contains the important trace mineral selenium, which is important in regulating the health of the thyroid gland.

  • Calories: 481

Find this RECIPE at Ancestral Nutrition.

9. Coconut Curry Chicken Meatballs

Coconut curry chicken meatballs topped with fresh herbs and pepper flakes in a white bowl.

Another great meatball recipe with coconut milk. This amazing ingredient is also good for your skin, as it contains a fair amount of Vitamin C, which helps the body repair damaged skin cells.

  • Calories: 280
  • Carbs: 5.2g (net)

Find this RECIPE at The Bewitchin Kitchen.

10. Keto Meatballs with Mozzarella

Low carb meatballs with mozzarella topped with wilted spinach, tomatoes and cheese in a red and white bowl on a white background.
You won’t believe these meatballs come at only 4g net carbs per serving. Their healthy fat content will keep you satisfied and nourished.

  • Calories: 622
  • Carbs: 4g (net)

Find this RECIPE at Diet Doctor.


11. Italian Keto Meatballs with Pork Rinds

Italian low carb meatballs with pork rinds topped with fresh chopped herbs in a square white serving dish on a white background.
This recipe uses something called “pork panko”, which is a 0 carb alternative for breadcrumbs. You can make your own by crushing up pork rinds, or you can use the product featured in the recipe. This is a great way to add some texture to meatballs without using breadcrumbs.

  • Calories: 104
    Carbs: 1g

Find this RECIPE at The Bettered Blondie.

In Conclusion:

Meatballs are great for an easy weeknight dinner. You can skip the breadcrumbs and use almond flour or pork rind instead to keep things low-carb, keto and paleo compliant. They’re high in protein and super versatile, offering many different flavor pairings to suit your mood!

Did You Make One Of These Low-Carb Meatballs Recipes?

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